BULLFROGS: Season (hook and line, gig, pitchfork, spear, bow and arrow, hand or landing net) opens Saturday in Illinois.
LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Bite varies from day to day. Fishing instructor supervisor Carl Vizzone reported some Tuesday at Montrose, but Monday was the better day. Park Bait reported some early on the Horseshoe. Vizzone said there were some Monday at 39th. Henry’s reported a few in the pound-range checked in Tuesday. Montrose and Burnham are the two main shore spots. It’s a minnow bite. Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters said boaters have some decent days, then some tough ones, off Montrose, Belmont and Navy Pier. INDIANA: Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch said small ones are being caught in 35 to 45 feet off Mount Baldy. Some straight out of the Ditch in 35 feet.
AREA RIVERS: CHICAGO: Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass said crappie, largemouth and smallmouth are ‘‘slammin’ ’’ by the discharges on the main stem downtown. DES PLAINES: Marcus Benesch suggested a white X-Rap as a good all-around choice in slack water or current seams. Fair pike in the near-west creeks and carp around the spawn. FOX: Creeks remain the best bet, especially for smallmouth, but even Ken Gortowski thinks it is about time to try the main river again as flows settle and summer nears. KANKAKEE: River is settling down. During the higher water, those working slack shoreline areas were doing well.
CHAIN O’LAKES AREA: Triangle
reported walleye (jigging Marie points) and bluegills (bedding shallow in the channels) are top bites.
DELAVAN/GENEVA LAKES, WIS.: DELAVAN: Guide Dave Duwe said best are bluegills (6 to 7 feet outside of the piers) and bass (3 to 4 feet). GENEVA: Duwe said rock bass are everywhere.
LAKEFRONT: For perch, see top.
CHICAGO: Capt. Bill Kelly of Leprechaun Charters reported limits of coho east of the Standard Oil in 45
to 55 feet on Dodgers and flies.
Poteshman said coho fishing was ‘‘spectacular’’ in 40 to 50 feet east of Navy Pier. He said kings and lakers are out deeper. There have been steelhead from shore here and there. Vizzone reported plenty of smallmouth in the downtown harbors. WAUKEGAN/NORTH POINT: Poteshman reported coho inside in 20 to 50 feet and a good but scattered mixed bag in 130 to 200 feet.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN: NOTE: Harvest season for bass opens Saturday in the northern zone. EAGLE RIVER: Chamber of Commerce reported excellent panfish. Other species good. MINOCQUA: Guide Kurt Justice of Kurt’s Island Sport Shop reported very good smallmouth (topwaters, creature baits) and good-to-very good pike (spinner baits and shallow Shad Raps) and walleye (new weed growth in 12 to 14 feet).
NORTHWEST INDIANA: For perch, see top. McCain reported good salmon, mainly coho with a few kings, a mile north of The Gong toward the Wreck. A few steelhead are showing on the mud line. Willow Slough remains the spot for bluegills and redear. NOTE: The closed lower end of the creeks reopens Sunday. Some steelhead are in.